Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Enduring the Spiritual Storms: How to Stand Firm in Faith

Have You Been Sensing an Ominous Spiritual Storm Lately?

I don't know about you, but recently I've been sensing this evil, ominous spiritual presence hovering over us. With events like the recent blood moon and an unusual sense of oppression in the air, it feels like we're enduring some kind of intense spiritual storm.

As born-again believers, we know we're not just wrestling against flesh and blood, but against spiritual forces of evil (Ephesians 6:12). The devil, that sly serpent, loves to slither his way into our thought lives during these seasons, trying to breed fear, anxiety, and negativity. But we can't let him gain a foothold!

During turbulent spiritual times like these, we need to be especially vigilant about guarding our hearts and minds. We have to resist gossip, backbiting, dissension, greed, envy - any entry point for the enemy. Instead, we should encourage ourselves in the Lord, just like David did when his own people spoke of stoning him (1 Samuel 30:6).

Think about that famous story of Jesus calming the raging storm while the disciples frantically woke Him up (Matthew 8:23-27). While the disciples gave in to fear and doubt, Jesus rested peacefully, exhibiting complete faith that He'd arrive safely at His destination because He only did the Father's will. What a powerful example to meditate on!

Or consider Peter briefly walking on water toward Jesus, only sinking when he took his eyes off the Lord and looked at the boisterous wind instead (Matthew 14:22-33). When trials and storms rage around us, where are we fixing our gaze - on the circumstances whipping us about, or on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2)?

I'm preaching to myself here too. But I sense this is a critical time for us to build ourselves up in our most holy faith (Jude 1:20), praying in the Holy Spirit. Don't be caught unawares dwelling on negativity and hopelessness. Stand firm on the promises of God's Word. Speak life and victory. Encourage yourself in the Lord like David did. Our Father has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:7).

So embrace the storms as opportunities to overcome by faith. Tune out the discouraging winds and waves. And keep pressing on toward the One who commands even the natural forces to obey Him. He'll be your anchor through this spiritual gale.

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